Berry-Cherry Quinoa Salad with Candied Walnuts and Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette

This savory-sweet salad is perfect for summertime.  It is a healthy, satisfying, plant-based meal that can be served as an entree for two or divided four ways as a side salad.  The tart and juicy berries and cherries pair wonderfully with the sweet and salty toasted walnuts and creamy avocado.  And the tangy balsamic dressing

Vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing quinoa salad is full of flavor and incredibly satisfying.  It is bursting with fresh clean ingredients and makes the perfect plant-based meal or side dish for picnics or outdoor gatherings.  You can add chickpeas or avocado for a more filling meal. I find the textures and flavors to be completely addictive.

Vegan Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Summertime is all about cold pasta salads loaded with veggies and drenched in amazing homemade vinaigrettes and sauces.  A cold pasta salad is the perfect outdoor dining side dish and great for large group entertaining.  I'm always trying out new dressings and veggie combos to mix things up.  This classic Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is really

Vegan Summer Slaw

I cannot believe we are in mid-June.  This means full-on cookout season, dining outside with friends and family and lots of seasonal produce.  Summer cole slaw recipes are always evolving for me.  This one is my current obsession.  It is undetectably mayo-free and 100% vegan.  I use a simple tahini-based dressing to provide a creamy

Vegan Shredded Kale Caesar Salad with Skillet Chickpea “Croutons” & Hemp “Parmesan Cheese”

If there is one salad in need of a healthy recipe makeover, it is the classic Caesar salad. Loaded with raw egg, creamy dressing, croutons and a mound of Parmesan cheese, it can pack in a surprising amount of saturated fat, sodium and overall calories. I wanted to create a vegan, gluten-free and nut-free healthy

Brown Rice Black Bean Salad with Mango and Avocado

Rice and beans can be ho-hum unless you add the right flavors and complimentary ingredients.  I always see such fun and colorful salads at the Whole Foods salad bar and want to replicate at home.  It sure makes for great recipe inspiration! This recipe came together because I have recently been experimenting with my new Instant

Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado

This spicy and flavorful quinoa salad is loaded with plant-based protein from the quinoa and black beans.  It can be served as an entree or side dish.  I like it best at room temperature but it can be served chilled or slightly warmed.  It is oil-free and flavored from the red onions, jalapeno, fresh lime

How to Make Perfectly Cooked Quinoa

Sound the alarm!  I'm finally sharing my not-so-secret-anymore trick for how to make perfectly cooked quinoa.  It is easy and quick (which are my two favorite things when it comes to cooking methods these days).  No more soggy quinoa, crunchy undercooked quinoa or burnt quinoa for you!  This "trick" is magical.  I never do it

14 Healthy Vegan, Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

I literally cannot believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  I love slowing down, spending time with family and taking a moment to appreciate life and your loved ones. Growing up, I spent all Thanksgiving day with my family cooking together in the kitchen.  We

Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

When root vegetables are roasted they have a naturally interesting flavor that can be described as earthy, nutty, anise-like or even buttery.  They are often underused which is why serving them is always impressive.  People go crazy when they see all the beautiful colors come together.  I simply roasted the vegetables in heart-healthy olive oil

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

'Tis the season for Butternut Squash Soup!  This ultra-simple recipe doesn’t require that you peel or chop the butternut squash (which can be very difficult).  In fact, it only takes minutes to prep.  This oh-so-comforting soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner

Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy and luxurious risotto recipe gets a nutrition boost from pumpkin.  Most risottos are full of butter and loads of cheese.  This vegan version is lightened up so you can feel good about eating comfort food.     This elegant recipe is a total crowd pleaser every time.  And, this is yet another way

Simple Summer Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

When I dream about the perfect salad (and, yes, sometimes I do that), I think about peppery arugula topped with fresh fruits, candied nuts or seeds and the perfect creamy dressing to bring it all together.  This is that salad plus it contains quinoa for added protein.  This salad is light and just screams summertime.  I

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